The previous S2000 was canned in 2009 after a decade on the market and following a rethink from Honda about its overall line-up, but it now appears the Japanese carmaker is no longer content to watch its rivals take the spoils.
The UK’s Autocar says unnamed company insiders have given the word that a new S2000 is in the works, with Honda reportedly hoping previous S2000 customers will return to the brand.
The news supports an earlier report from October which also claimed the S2000 was to return (with hybrid power), and patent images revealed midyear (although mid-engined in appearance) may give fans the first taste of what the new model will look like.
Honda fans at an S2000 Owner’s Club event in the UK reported the presence of Honda representatives who appeared to be gathering thoughts on what a new S2000 should offer.
Naturally, a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive roadster matched with a six-speed manual gearbox to follow the successful formula of the previous S2000 and its Mazda MX-5 rival was the order of the day, and an incoming 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine could be the ideal powerplant.
Like the MX-5, a 2.0 litre version with an engine borrowed from the Civic Type R could also be on the cards, and would perhaps be called the ‘S2000 Type R’ to trade off the successful Type R name.
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